• 02.20.18

    Two New Attorneys Join Blackwell Burke P.A.

    Two new litigators, Ted Hartman and Patrick Hauswald, recently joined Blackwell Burke P.A., deepening the already-diverse skill set at the boutique law firm. About Ted Hartman Ted Hartman brings litigation experience in products liability, premises liability, commercial litigation, real estate law, and contract disputes. Before joining Blackwell Burke P.A., Hartman spent two years in private practice and then served as in-house counsel for Fidelity National Title Group, where he worked on high-stakes litigation involving contract disputes and real estate law in federal and state courts. Hartman earned his B.A. from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 2008 (magna cum laude)…
  • 01.11.18

    Jerry Blackwell on Selection Committee Appointing First Hmong Judge in Minnesota

    Continuing his commitment to diversity in the courtroom, Blackwell Burke founder Jerry Blackwell was part of Governor Mark Dayton’s Judicial Selection Commission that recommended the appointment of Minnesota’s first Hmong judge, Sophia Vuelo. “It’s important in a system of justice that the judges that get appointed reflect the ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity of our state as a whole,” Blackwell said, during a recent interview on KARE-11 for a report about increasing diversity in the courtroom. Vuelo’s appointment is the latest chapter of an increasingly diverse bench in Minnesota. Under Dayton’s watch, the number of judges of color has increased…
  • 10.18.17

    Jerry W. Blackwell Wins Minnesota Diversity & Inclusion Award

    The first annual Minnesota Lawyer-Diversity & Inclusion Awards honor those who have contributed to the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the practice of law, going above and beyond in creating a more diverse and inclusive community. When Jerry Blackwell founded Blackwell Burke P.A., he wove excellence and diversity into the firm’s DNA based on his longstanding commitment to both: “I wanted to build a law firm doing institutional work where diversity lives as a leadership priority and to be an example of how a diverse environment can work in fact and not just as a marketing slogan or aspirational…
  • 09.27.17

    Three Blackwell Burke P.A. Attorneys Listed on the Benchmark Litigation 2017 “Under 40 Hotlist”

    The Benchmark Litigation “2017 40 under 40 List” honors the achievements of the nation’s most accomplished legal partners of the age of forty or younger.  Blackwell Burke P.A. is proud of its three attorneys receiving this recognition. Gerardo “Jerry” Alcazar’s practice includes products liability, commercial litigation, and other complex matters often involving high stakes litigation. He serves as national trial and litigation counsel for a U.S. Fortune 100 global innovation conglomerate, defending against allegations of negligent design and manufacture in safety and chemical products nationwide. Jamal Faleel’s national practice includes representing Fortune 500 companies in complex, high-stakes litigation, with a…
  • 05.31.17

    Blackwell Burke P.A. Secures Dismissal of Putative, National Window Class Action

    Blackwell Burke P.A. recently secured a complete defense victory on behalf of a national window manufacturer. Plaintiffs alleged negligent product design and manufacture, breach of express and implied warranties, and fraud, on behalf of a putative, national consumer class in a Minnesota federal district court. The lawsuit arose from plaintiffs’ contention that the insulated glass units in their windows had failed, and that the remedies provided by the manufacturer under the terms of the applicable warranties were inadequate. Plaintiffs sought to void the warranties, arguing, inter alia, that they were unconscionable and failed of their essential purpose. Blackwell Burke P.A.,…
  • 03.01.17

    Benchmark Litigation Presents Blackwell Burke P.A. with Minnesota Firm of the Year Award

    On February 16, 2017, Blackwell Burke was honored as the “Minnesota Firm of the Year” at the Benchmark Litigation 2017 US awards. The event, held at the Essex House Hotel in New York City, recognized the top litigation firms in all 50 states. Partner Peter Goss attended the Benchmark Litigation 2017 US Awards ceremony and accepted the award on the Firm’s behalf. Now in its tenth year, Benchmark Litigation is “the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys.” Firms are selected for inclusion in the guide based on interviews with the nation’s leading private practice lawyers and in-house…

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